Troubled kwaito singer stays in jail
Johannesburg - The kidnapping case against kwaito singer Nkosana Thwala was postponed until July 14 by the Protea Magistrate's Court in Soweto on Thursday, police said.
Thwala, 24, who is better known to his fans as "Nsimbi", allegedly kidnapped his girlfriend, Nelisiwe Dube, and forced her to smoke drugs a day after he was released on bail for allegedly assaulting her.
Captain Kay Makhubela said Thwala's application for bail in the latest matter was denied and he would remain in custody until his next appearance.
Thwala, who performs with the group GP Gangsta, appeared in the Protea Magistrate's Court on Monday for allegedly assaulting 19-year-old Dube and damaging her house.
Forced to smoke drugs at gunpoint
After being released on bail he apparently fetched Dube from her house on Tuesday, and took her to his house in Soweto.
There, he allegedly kept her in a room and forced her to smoke drugs at gunpoint, said Makhubela.
He said Dube claimed to have escaped through a window and alerted the police while Thwala was on the phone. Police arrested him at his house in Zola soon after.
"Both cases against him will now be melted together because his girlfriend is the alleged victim in both," Makhubela said.
Thwala faced charges of assault, malicious damage to property, kidnapping and pointing a firearm.
On Tuesday, Makhubela said police would also investigate Thwala for alleged drug dealing, because Dube had alleged that the drugs he made her smoke were the same ones he sold.
According to the GP Gangsta website, Thwala is a co-founder of the group which consists of three Soweto artists. He is also an executive member of Brown Bottle Entertainment.
He is described as the "most delinquent" member of the group, because of his lyrics.
In 2003, GP Gangsta released its debut album "Gangsta Gangsta" which featured the songs Zola till I die and Brand new day.
It was nominated for the Channel O Awards in the best hip-hop and best newcomer categories.